Minnesota library to start lending energy meters

HENNEPIN COUNTY, MINNESOTA - Hennepin County residents who want to know how much power their appliances use will be able to find out with help from the library — but not through books or DVDs.

Patrons will be able to check out portable energy meters from Hennepin County Library.

Users plug appliances into a meter and plug the meter into a standard outlet. The machine will tell them how many kilowatt-hours of electricity each appliance uses.

Leah Hiniker is Hennepin County's energy manager. She says it's fun to get a better idea of how much electricity you use. She says it'll also help people cut energy costs by identifying electricity hogs.

Forty-nine of the library's 50 meters have already been reserved. They can be checked out for three weeks and can't be renewed.


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